Easter Desserts

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So in early March, I came up with a list of Easter treats I wanted to make and share.  Tutorials on fondant Easter bunnies, little carrots, and cute eggs, all to go along with carrot cake cupcakes.  (And I don’t know why I like carrot cake, because I certainly do not like carrots.  In fact, they are the number one food on my list of Foods I Don’t Like, but there’s something about adding sugar that changes everything.)  I also wrote down ideas for decorated Easter sugar cookies and even a cake. 

Last post I said that we are moving, and in fact we are.  We get our keys April 5th!  It’s our first house and we are so excited.  However, it was a last-minute decision to list our condo before we move, instead of after.  As a result, my mom came over last Friday and helped me pack almost everything in my kitchen, to get ready for the open house.  And with the boxes being moved to the garage were my ideas for Easter treats.  The only baking “things” in my kitchen are cookie sheets and a 9″x13″ pan.  It’s really sad.

So what I’ve decided to do is give you a list of a few things I have made for Easter and some recipes from around the web that I think are fantastic.  They’re certainly ones I’ve wanted to make, and some are even on my Pinterest board.  Speaking of Pinterest, if you want to see more Easter or spring dessert ideas, check out the board titled SPRING.  Enjoy, and Happy Easter! xoxo

From the blog

Lemon Poppyseed Cake–Light and sweet, this is a nice cake with a raspberry filling.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes–These cupcakes are super moist and paired with a cream cheese frosting–yum! Continue reading

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Truffle Cupcakes

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This month is literally flying by! I can’t believe that Spring Break is right around the corner.  This means spring is almost here.  This also means my maternity leave ends.  Which is sad for all.  But, it will be nice to get back to work, see my students, and think academically again.  When I left my students in mid-November, I told them I was returning on April 1st, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke.  (My high school students didn’t get it–ahh, the humor is lost on them.)  At the time, it seemed like my break would be for so long, but that too has flown by. 

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I actually made these truffle cupcakes around Valentine’s Day, but between preparing lesson plans, working on a quilt for baby Grace’s nursery, (I’ll post that when I finish), and taking care of the ins-and-outs of two little cherubs, these yummy cupcakes didn’t make it out on the blog in time for the big romantic day.  That’s fine; they’re good any time of the year.  To make things easier, I used store-bought truffles, but you can make your own.  Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

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There’s just something about peanut butter and chocolate.  I don’t know what it is, but it makes me happy.  Every summer during my elementary years, my family would drive 7 hours to camp at Lake Shasta.  There, at a dusty campsite, we would meet my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents for a week of skiing, fishing, and relaxing.  It was there that I watched my older cousin do something that I would have never been allowed to do at home: she broke off a piece of a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar (reserved for s’mores, of course) and dipped it into a jar of peanut butter.  At first I scoffed at her culinary move, but she told me I couldn’t say it was bad until I tried it.  I did, but I had to make sure my mom wasn’t watching.  Getting in trouble on vacation merits a harsher punishment.  (And don’t ask me why I thought I would get in trouble.  I guess that’s how an 8-year-old thinks.)

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Since then, when I needed a quick fix for peanut butter and chocolate, I will break off a small wedge of a chocolate bar and dip it into peanut butter.   My college roommates would look at me with the same look I gave my cousin, and I gave them the same statement my cousin gave me: just try it.  Continue reading

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10 Valentine Desserts + Sugar Cube Hearts {tutorial}

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I thought I would share some of my top Valentine’s Day desserts with you, in case you haven’t made up your mind as to what you want to bake for the big day.  These desserts range from taking an hour or so to a few hours.  Some can even be made ahead of time (like the truffles and decorated sugar cookies).  Whatever you decide, they are sure to please whomever you are giving them to.  Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

Pink and Red Sugar Cookies

Red Velvet Truffles

Rose Cupcakes

Black Bottom Brownies

Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookie Sandwiches

Swirl Cupcakes

Valentine Cookies

Pecan-Oreo Fudge Bars

Oreo Truffles

Strawberry Pound Cake

Sugar Cube Hearts Tutorial 

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DIY sugar cube hearts are such a fun and simple embellishment to make. I say embellishment, because, just like scrapbooking, it adds the finishing touches on the final product. For cupcaks and cakes, instead of buying store-bought hearts, you can make your own, in whatever color and size combination you want. Since they are made of just sugar and water, they can last a long time, provided they stay out of the heat and don’t come in contact with liquid. Continue reading

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Sugar Cube Hearts {tutorial}

I am over at Sweet C’s today sharing how to make these easy, adorable sugar cube hearts.  I hope you’ll join me! Enjoy! xoxo

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White Chocolate-Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Growing up, New Year’s Eve was something my sisters’ and I always looked forward to.  The main reason? We got to stay up past our bedtime–3 hours past our bedtime.  You know, when you’re in middle school, that’s a big deal!  My parents aren’t big ring-in-the-new-year kind-of people, so when we got into high school, we usually spent the night at our girlfriends’ houses.  With my girlfriends, our New Year’s Eve party consisted of this: renting a comedy movie, making cookies, painting our nails, and talking about boys and dreams of our future.  At about 11:45 PM, we would switch from watching our movie to ABC, to watch Dick Clark drop the ball in Times Square.  At midnight, we’d raise our sparkling cider glasses and say “Cheers!”  Then we’d go back to watching our movie and eating cookies (or cookie dough) again.  Some years, we’d make ridiculous New Year’s Resolutions, most of which I could never attain, but I don’t think that was the point.  Ahh…to be sixteen again.

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Anyway, I hope you’re planning some fun New Year’s Eve party, and these cookies would be the perfect guest to bring along.  Peppermint is such a winter treat, and paired in a cookie…wow.  The peppermint  bark in these cookies adds such a subtle flavor, but it’s what makes these cookies so delicious. 

When I make cookies, I usually double the batch (and you can certainly do that with this recipe).  I usually only bake about 9 cookies, and with the rest, I freeze the dough in balls.  This year, I gave some away as Christmas gifts to friends, all complete with a cute Santa tin box. Continue reading

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Pastel Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Decorating sugar cookies puts me in my happy place.  There’s just something cathartic about making and decorating your own creations.  In my previous life, a.k.a. BC–before child, as my in-laws say, haha–I would spend hours with multiple colors and design combinations, spending up to a whole Saturday decorating cookies.  However, because I now have a newborn to add to my already rambunctious toddler, having a few hours to myself is such a rare thing.  My hubby gave me a wonderful gift of a few hours on a Saturday morning, and a friend came over to decorate with me.  (She is one of my few friends who completely understands sugar cookie decorating without giving me weird looks.)  In years past, I have made these and these, but this year, I wanted to go lighter. 

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A few of them are from stamps, and I used my Kopykake, (boy, do I love that thing!).  I consider myself a quazi-artist, because I can make something if I can copy it, even if just slightly, but I am not good at free-hand at all.  Whenever I draw something for my students, which is rare because I teach English, they always question my pictures–is that a dog or a horse, I can’t tell.

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